Nast, Condé

Nast, Condé (Montrose)

(1873–1942) publisher; born in New York City. After working for Collier's Weekly (1898–1907), he bought Vogue (1909), which was then a small New York society magazine. He transformed Vogue into America's premier fashion magazine, then turned Vanity Fair into a sophisticated magazine for all that was stylish; he eventually owned a stable of high-class magazines, including House and Garden, British and French Vogue, and Glamour. Nearly ruined in the Great Depression, he spent his last years struggling to regain his early prosperity.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.